Can't protein be flushed out of your body?
No, not technically. Protein is made up of different elements including nitrogen, and when there’s excess nitrogen in your blood it eventually becomes urea and is excreted in urine…but nitrogen doesn’t enter the metabolic pathway, so it contributes no calories whatsoever.
In other words, you don’t excrete any calories from protein. What is ‘flushed out’ is the nitrogen from amino acids.
Yes, consuming a lot of calories is a common practice when trying to build muscle, etc. But fat isn’t acquired because building muscle requires exercise which burns calories.
If you consume MORE calories than the calories you either BURN from physical activity or is used to fuel normal body processes (daily activity such as just going to work or school, energy for digestion and brain activity), then yes those are considered excess calories. UNLESS they are carb calories which will be stored as glycogen, but the liver/muscles can’t hold that much glycogen for long, and once it’s had enough, those carb calories WILL be stored as fat. THAT is excess.
Also, please don’t send me messages saying ‘I can give you 34567875 million articles saying otherwise’ when half of the nutrition articles written online are by meatheads who think they’re experts and the information I get is from medical professionals and R.D.s at my university.
If you’re reading this it means that you’re still following, and for that I thank you endlessly!
I’m so so sorry for neglecting this blog so much in that last few months. Being a nutrition student is busy work!
However, I’m excited to tell you all that I’ve been learning a lot while on my hiatus and in the coming months I’ll be back in action with fresh and new facts about food, fitness, and nutrition all for you guys. Stay tuned!